Hajjah WASH activities receive Dutch contribution for scale-up
Sana'a, a cost sharing agreement was signed between the Kingdom of the Netherlands and UNDP represented by Mr. Jeroen Verheul, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Netherlands, and Mr. Paolo Lembo, UNDP Resident Representative for an amount of 500,000 euros dedicated to Water and Sanitation Hygiene (WASH).
During the ceremony, youth beneficiaries from Arhab conflict-affected areas showcased their successful WASH businesses resulting from the pilot (2012-2013) implemented by UNDP and ZOA/the Netherlands.
Arhab area has a severe shortage of water and is dependent on a few wells for drinking water. In the course of the fighting since 2011, most of the area’s drinking water wells were destroyed and local infrastructure was damaged. Since then, residents have not had sufficient water in their homes for basic needs such as drinking, cooking, laundry and bathing.
The youth explained how their engagement in UNDP's 3x6 approach for sustainable employment has improved their economic situation and on the same mitigated the WASH challenges in their area.
Noman Al-Shami, 30 year old, said that the vocational training he received through ZOA in WASH allowed him to acquire new skills and secure more income for his family. Moreover, he was able to solve the issue of access to clean water in his community by rehabilitating a cistern. “My life and the life of my people have improved because of my participation in the project,” says Al-Shami.
“It is quite assuring to observe youth empowered economically in this critical transition period for the people of Yemen. They are acting as peace catalyzers as well as to mitigate the aftermath of conflict in their communities,” says Paolo Lembo, UNDP Resident Representative.
The Netherlands contribution is dedicated to scaling up this successful experience to Hajjah Governorate. Mr. Jeroen Verheul, the Netherlands Ambassador, stressed on the vital importance of improving access to safe water and hygiene practices for the Yemeni people. “Empowering youth Yemenis in Hajjah governorate is a center of the project objective of which we are signing today,” Mr. Verheul said. “We are looking forward to a successful collaboration of all stakeholders towards this this shared goal. Combining vocational training and sustainable access to precious resources as water will underpin the positive completion of Yemen’s political and economic transition.”
The event was attended by Ms. Mikiko Tanaka, UNDP Country Director, Mr. Ameen al-Gudami, Deputy governor and General Secretary of the Local Council Authority in Hajjah, Mr. Haytham Jubari, a representative from the office of Hajjah governorate, Ms. Zumreta Jahic, First Secretary of the Netherlands Embassy, Mr. Abduladheem Alhamdi, CBO and Arhab local council representative, Dr. Virginia Keng, Country Representative of ZOA International, Mr. Ahmed Alkarandal, from Social Fund for Development in Hajjah, Mr. Abdul-Khaleq Sherhan, from the General Authority for Rural Water Supply Projects, Ms. Gabool Al-Mutawakel, Silatech Country Representative, and representatives from WASH cluster and other UN officials.